What Is an Impressum?An impressum is a statement of ownership and authorship of content, which is legally required to be put on published online and print media in German-speaking countries. For businesses with an online presence, an impressum means disclosing the contact information of the website or business owner, as well as basic information about the company.
"Impressum" is an adopted German word with Latin origins, meaning "to impress or to engrave". The closest English equivalents to "impressum" are: "legal notice", "imprint", "masthead", "about us page".
Do I Need an Impressum?According to the German Telemedia Act, you need an impressum if you operate a commercial website (including business social media pages) in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland, regardless of whether you have a .de domain or not.
Keep in mind that an impressum is not required for private pages, such as a personal blog that doesn’t generate income.
What Should I Write in an Impressum?According to the Telemedia Act, you should include the following in an impressum:
- Name of the owner or manager of your business/page
- Registered business address
- Contact information (e.g., phone number, email address)
- Business registration information (including register name and registration number)
- VAT ID number or trade registry number if applicable
Actually I wouldn't have to publish an imprint, because I don't make any profit with my website. I created this website for fun with a text editor (Linux: Kate here) to deepen my knowledge with HTML, CSS and some JS.
The contents of my pages were created with the utmost care. However, I can not guarantee the accuracy, completeness and timeliness of the content. With this website no one can communicate with anyone else. There is no forum or contact form, and no certificate for encrypted transmission of these pages between the web server and you. What for, I don't want any data from you.
Behind this website, no CMS (content management system) hides, such as WordPress, Joomla, TYPO3, and therefore no database. This website consists exclusively of static pages that want to be maintained individually. That's a lot of work, but my website can not be hacked (okay, my service provider already). Another reason for my extra work is the topic of privacy.
Do I own Microsoft if I include a reference (link) in my homepage? Probably not. However, in Germany it was believed that anyone could hijack the Internet this way and now I have to assure everyone that I don't own any of the websites and their content that I link to.
Okay, I am linking to some videos from Youtube. I hereby solemnly declare that I am not the owner of Microsoft, Google, Wikipedia, youtube, etc. I am not even the creator of the content I link to. I think a sane mind will be able to recognize that without such references. Well, there are some politicians who make laws that ... never mind.
I can therefore also not be held responsible, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss arising out of or in connection with the use of or reliance on any such content, or as a result of any goods or services obtained through such external sites or sources.
Thank you for your attention.
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